Paris Design Week // AD Intérieurs 2019

Paris Design Week is one busy affair. Nicky has been making a few recent trips to Paris for new client meetings but last weekend was reserved strictly for research purposes.

Arriving on Thursday afternoon in time for Nicky’s ND Collection and new Coco Chair to be viewed at the Meet My Project cocktail preview, Nicky hit the ground running by visiting the Brancusi Atelier at the footsteps of the Pompidou, then hop footed it to Ateliers d’Art de France before visiting Librarie Galignani on rue Rivoli for Pierre Yovanovitch’s book signing (purchase the book here) where Nicky caught up with Charles Jouffre and fellow designers on the evening trail for the Design Week previews.

Next stop for Nicky was to the Institut Culturel du Mexique for the Maison Marcoux Mexico exhibition before making it to see her ND Collection exhibited at the Meet My Project space at Espace Commines in the 3eme.

The mission of Meet My Project was to promote design and contemporary creativity and unite architects, retailers, press and manufacturers. We were thrilled to have Nicky’s collection in Paris for the week.

Above, Nicky’s Elbow Chairs in a shearling, The Shaggy and also the custom upholstered design.

Of course Maison et Objet played a big part of the weekend, a seemingly endless supply of trade suppliers designers and manufacturers. Nevertheless we always do seem to find beautiful things.

So now let us share with you Nicky’s absolute highlight from the weekend, the AD Intérieurs “Métamorphoses” exhibition on Rue des Francs-Bourgeois in Le Marais. From the 4th to the 22nd September this 10th edition of AD Intérieurs was a sight to behold. Set behind a very conceiving facade, Hôtel de Coulanges has been under renovation for years. Directly from the street this vast space still looks like a building site covered in scaffolding, unwashed exterior walls, with a temporary pavement to navigate. The only signs are the vast AD Intérieurs posters adorning the temporary chipboard walls, you assume are just flyers. Once you’re in though, what a sight.

Above, Thierry Lemaire

Each year, alongside Maison et Objet and the Biennale de Paris, AD magazine signs the most coveted “Haute Décoration” exhibition of the new autumn season, showcasing the top names of design.

Thierry Lemaire, Tristan Auer, Fabrizio Casiraghi, Humbert & Poyet, Laura Gonzalez, all the top designers from around the world are gathered at AD Intérieurs at this space. Each guest interior architect has been given the task to create a scenography under the theme “Métamorphoses”. Using the most skilled artisans, highest quality materials, finishes and details, we were blown away by what we saw considering this is a temporary space.

With arc-shaped niches, benches, and washbasins, this symmetrical modern bathroom is reminiscent of Palladian villas as well as Art Deco palaces. The green marble monolith bath and the sculptural brass shower-cage breathe strength and vigor into this space designed by Humbert & Poyet, a design firm that builds pure spaces with theatrical elements.

Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay from Festen Architecture (who designed this magical hotel created a quiet modern bathroom, a calm and serene space with a red marble bathtub, a sculptural basin, and fine art pieces.

Influenced by the Italian artist Giorgio De Chirico, Anne-Sophie Pailleret developed a textured interior in shades of brown, Sienna and cognac scattered by touches of white in her interior.

The space above was designed by Italian interior architect Fabrizio Casiraghi

Pierre Gonalons offers his realistic but graceful reinterpretation of the interior garden with a contemporary design as it was conceived in the 19th century. His creations always combine opposites, discreet rigor and decorative spirit.

Finally, designer of the moment, Laura Gonzales takes us to our final space.

All AD images c/o Claire Israel.

September 2019 // Nicky’s World